Portugal Wins Eurovision Song Contest For First Time

Portugal's Salvador Sobral performs with the song "Amar Pelos Dois" during the Eurovision Song Contest 2017 Grand Final Dress rehearsal 1 at the International Exhibition Centre in Kiev, Ukraine, May 12, 2017.

But the glitzy contest was marred by the ongoing fighting with Moscow-backed separatists in eastern Ukraine and Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko opted not to attend after four civilian deaths.

Sobral came into the competition having told local media that he has a heart problem, without giving details.

The early favorite, Francesco Gabbani of Italy, finished sixth.

Kristian Kostov from Bulgaria has registered the best ever performance for a Bulgarian artist in Eurovision song contest in Kyiv, Ukraine.

Britain may be experiencing a post-Brexit vote chill in Europe, but pulled out all the stops with a big ballad performed by Lucie Jones, coming 15th.

Although we had an official city announcement today, we had no venue announcement today.

Fans with flags painted on their faces snapped selfies, danced, sang and drank beer.

"I'm very proud that Ukraine has hosted the Eurovision Song Contest at such a high level", Zhenia Halych, lead artist of the Ukrainian band O.Torvald, told a Eurovision news conference Friday.

In a contest that featured people dressed in tacky suits and animal costumes, it was a Portuguese ballad that one top prize at the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest. Russia, which should have been the 43rd entrant in the show, pulled out of the competition after Ukraine barred Russian contestant Yulia Samoilova from entering the country for performing in Crimea.

The Portugese singer won both the most points awarded by judges from each country in the contest and from residents of the nations taking part. Russian viewers will not be able to vote in the contest either. The union, however, has been criticized for not barring "1944" past year, allowing Russia-Ukraine tensions to fester.

During a performance by last year's victor Jamala, a man wrapped in an Australian flag made a decision to invade the stage, before promptly baring his buttocks to an estimated TV audience of 200 million people.

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